Astrophysics & Space Sciences

Astrophysics and space science research efforts at JPL primarily study the physics and origins of our galaxy, and ultimately the universe. Research focuses on, among other things, developing new techniques to observe gravitational waves, observing magnetic fields and plasmas, theoretical modeling of star and planet formation, and the measuring of atomic collisions in a laboratory setting.

'habitable zone' planet

Using telescopes and advanced modeling techniques, JPL researchers are actively investigating exoplanets and their origins.

This artist's concept depicts the current record holder for the most luminous galaxy in the universe.

Interstellar and heliospheric physics researchers at JPL study the interstellar medium, the Sun, the heliosphere, and planetary magnetospheres.

A festive portrait of our Milky Way galaxy

Cosmology researchers at JPL are investigating the origins and composition of the universe, beginning with its inflationary era.

Andromeda galaxy

Research on the Structure of the Universe covers a wide array of topics including understanding the evolution of the universe beginning with the formation of the first galaxies until the present.